Shipwreck: A History Play About 2017

February 10 - March 8, 2020

  • By Anne Washburn
  • Directed by Saheem Ali
  • In a Co-Production with The Public Theater
  • 2 hrs 45 mins

People treat me like I’m a character in it, but this is a story I just stepped into unwittingly.

A group of well-meaning liberals gather at a farmhouse in upstate NY for a relaxing weekend. A son adopted from Kenya struggles to feel connected to his new family and country. And the 45th US President sends a history-altering dinner invitation.

There is plenty of blame to spare as snow piles high, mountains crumble, and the wounds of the 2016 election break open. The mythology of America is re-written in real time as we are forced to grapple with the legend of a frightening New York man made from gold. Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns, a post-electric play) returns to Woolly with a sinister and sensational new play.

SHIPWRECK: A HISTORY PLAY ABOUT 2017 is a co-production with The Public Theater.

Featuring work by Woolly company members Jon Hudson Odom, Colin K. Bills, and Jared Mezzocchi

"SHIPWRECK is a radical play, not just because of Anne’s audacity to imagine James Comey’s meeting with President Trump, but also because of what she makes visible about this current moment in our nation’s history. I’m ecstatic about bringing my two artistic families together by partnering with Oskar Eustis and The Public Theater on this US premiere."

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director

Special Performances

  • Open Captioned performances on Feb 21 at 7:30 PM (with ASL interpreted post-show discussion) and March 4 at 7:30 PM.
  • Post-show discussions will take place after the performances on Feb 11, Feb 21 at 7:30 PM (ASL interpreted) and Mar 8 at 1:30 PM.

Content transparencies: SHIPWRECK: A HISTORY PLAY ABOUT 2017  contains discussion and depictions of racism, treatment of enslaved people, sexism, profanity, rape, and assault.

For a detailed summary of the show, INCLUDING SPOILERS, please click here. If you have further questions about any content, please contact our box office at 202.393.3939.

"Truly thrilling, truly original fantasia of a drama"

New York Times

"It has the supreme virtue of addressing the topic that haunts so many Americans today"

The Guardian

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